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AUGUST 1, 2, 3 . 2014 . Happy Valley, Oregon

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LISTEN Im Comin Home
LISTEN Goin Away Baby
How many active bluesmen today can claim to stock a homemade, single string cigar box guitar in their arsenal and play it while wearing a priest’s collar, all while being backed by a percussionist and washboard player who prefers to use his hands over drumsticks and spoons? There’s only one, and his name is Reverend K. M. Williams.


 


 

Born in 1956 in Clarksville, Williams grew up in Red River County in Northeast Texas, where he soaked in the sounds of blues and R&B music broadcast from WLAC radio out of Nashville. Artists like John Lee Hooker, Blind Willie Johnson, and R. L. Burnside all made strong impressions on Williams as he was coming up, and one of his first introductions to guitar came in the early sixties at the hands of an itinerant blues player believed to be Elmore James
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